UN Drug policy

July 2, 2015

The Myth of a Final Solution in the War Against Legal Highs

"Legal highs: could this be the end of the road?" – asks Joe Shuts in his article, published in The Telegraph. He refers to the new blanket ban the UK government has recently introduced to stop the flood of so-called legal highs, new psychoactive substances which have been spreading all over Europe since 2009. Should other governments follow the British example and adopt similar bans? The answer has to be a resounding "No". 

April 8, 2015

Video Report of the UN Drug Debate

This March, our video advocacy team attended the 58th session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs, the largest drug policy gathering in the world, to find out how governments and NGOs feel about the prospects of drug policy reform. We produced a series of short thematic videos, to give you an overview of the current state of political debate on the burning issues of international drug control.

March 5, 2015

Open Letter to the International Narcotics Control Board

In its annual report, the International Narcotics Control Board scolds the US and Uruguay for reforming cannabis laws. At the same time, it fails to criticise Russia for blocking opiate substitution treatment in occupied Ukrainian territories, thereby endangering the lives of hundreds of people who use drugs. In our open letter, we ask the president of the INCB to act in order to protect the core principle of the international drug conventions: public health.

February 26, 2015

Drugreporter Annual Report 2014

Films about drug policy reform from New Zealand to Europe, video advocacy trainings, conferences, reports and campaigns about harm reduction, consultation with decision makers at the national and European level - the Drugreporter Team had a very active year in 2014. Please read & download our colorful 2014 Annual Report and learn more! 

April 22, 2014

Media Reports from the High-level UN Meeting on Drugs

HCLU's European Drug Policy Initiative this year took the form of grant-aiding a group of European journalists to cover on location the high-level meeting of the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs in Vienna.

March 19, 2014

Breaking Down the Vienna Consensus on Drugs

The consensus behind global drug prohibition is fading - watch the new video we filmed at the high level UN meeting in Vienna and find out why! 

March 11, 2014

Debunk the INCB! – Video Campaign

The HCLU’s Drugreporter is launching a video campaign to debunk the offensive of the International Narcotics Control Board against drug policy reform initiatives

December 10, 2013

Disagreement Over Meaningful Involvement of Civil Society at EU Drug Meeting

The Lithuanian EU presidency invited civil society members to present their views on UNGASS 2016 at the meeting of the Horizontal Working Party on Drugs

June 28, 2013

Civil Society Expresses Concerns Over EU Action Plan on Drugs

The EU’s expert group on drugs has discussed how civil society can be involved in a more meaningful way in the formulation of drug policy

June 20, 2013

Ethan Nadelmann: Harm Reduction and Drug Policy Reform

Ethan Nadelmann on harm reduction and drug policy reform - conflict, coexistence, or harmony? Watch the video we filmed at the international harm reduction conference in Vilnius!

June 10, 2013

Former Polish President: I Was Wrong

The former president of Poland, Alexander Kwasniewski apologized for supporting the criminalization of drug users in his speech at the opening session of the international harm reduction conference 

May 28, 2013

The Global Drug Prohibition Regime: Half a Century of Failed Policymaking?

Video of the discussion forum at the CEU in Budapest with Wolfgang Reinicke (CEU), Sandeep Chawla (UNODC), Niamh Eastwood (Release), Martin Jelsma (TNI) and Kasia Malinowska-Sempruch (OSF).

April 11, 2013

Evo Morales at the CND in 2013

Watch the full speech of Evo Morales, president of Bolivia, at the Commission on Narcotic Drugs in Vienna, march 2013. Now with English and Spanish subtitles.

March 27, 2013

The UN on Drugs: Trends in 2013

Our movie gives you an insight of the 2013 trends of international drug control policies

March 21, 2013

The Innovative Regulation of Legal Highs in New Zealand

The HCLU interviewed Peter Dunne, the Minister of Revenue of New Zealand. He explained the innovative legislational approach his country has adopted to new psychoactive drugs

March 11, 2013
February 27, 2013

January 19, 2012

Is banning legal highs effective? Learning from the Hungarian experience

It seems we need more than supply reduction and law enforcement to stop the flow of cheap research chemicals from China and India - an HCLU report on legal highs in Hungary

January 13, 2012

Civil Society Forum on Drugs to Help the Commission to Draft a New EU Drug Strategy

Prohibitionist and harm reduction NGOs cooperate to make recommendations to governments on EU drug policies - a report by the HCLU

January 10, 2012

7 Reasons Why We Dislike the New Hungarian Drug Strategy

The Hungarian government decided to reject the progressive drug strategy of the country and to draft a new, prohibitionist one. The head of the Drug Policy Program of the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union argues that this is an example how a government should NOT draft a drug strategy.